On 18 – 19 January, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, and Anne-Laure Joedicke, Project Manager for the MENA region, were invited to Nicosia, Cyprus, in the framework of the seventh plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM).

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On 18 January, the Municipality of Nicosia organised a study visit in order to present, among other projects, the existing cooperation between the Turkish part of Nicosia and the Cyprian one (as Nicosia is the last capital in the world to be divided). The visit was followed by an official dinner.

The plenary session was held on 19 January and started with opening statements by the ARLEM co-presidents: Mr Markka Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, and Mr Hani Adbelmasih Al-Hayek, Mayor of Beit Sahour (Palestine).

Then, ARLEM members adopted the agenda of the plenary session and ARLEM thematic reports 2015, i.e.: “Employment and territorial development in the Mediterranean region” and “A sustainable urban agenda for the Mediterranean region”.

The adoption was followed by presentations and questions on the issue of managing migration in the Mediterranean and a special session on “Local authorities for stabilisation and territorial development in Libya – tools for decentralised cooperation”.

After lunch, the participants had the opportunity to reflect on the revision of the European Neighbourhood policy, before debating and adopting the ARLEM action plan and priorities for 2016. ALDA is glad to announce that ARLEM members adopted the joint event on decentralization to be organized in cooperation with ARLEM in Tunisia and foreseen in the second part of 2016.

This plenary session ended with a working session on “Local and Regional authorities and civil society organisations: partners for territorial development in the Mediterranean region” facilitated by Antonella Valmorbida. Mrs Valmorbida seized the opportunity to present the successful work of Local Democracy Agencies and the project of opening a new LDA in Tunisia.

Around 180 participants from both sides of the Mediterranean attended the event. They were ARLEM members, members of the European Committee of the Regions, ministries and members of national parliaments, coming from European Institutions, Union for the Mediterranean and other international institutions, embassies, local and regional authorities, the Nicosia Municipality, etc.

On 18 – 19 January, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, and Anne-Laure Joedicke, Project Manager for the MENA region, were invited to Nicosia, Cyprus, in the framework of the seventh plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM).

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On 18 January, the Municipality of Nicosia organised a study visit in order to present, among other projects, the existing cooperation between the Turkish part of Nicosia and the Cyprian one (as Nicosia is the last capital in the world to be divided). The visit was followed by an official dinner.

The plenary session was held on 19 January and started with opening statements by the ARLEM co-presidents: Mr Markka Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, and Mr Hani Adbelmasih Al-Hayek, Mayor of Beit Sahour (Palestine).

Then, ARLEM members adopted the agenda of the plenary session and ARLEM thematic reports 2015, i.e.: “Employment and territorial development in the Mediterranean region” and “A sustainable urban agenda for the Mediterranean region”.

The adoption was followed by presentations and questions on the issue of managing migration in the Mediterranean and a special session on “Local authorities for stabilisation and territorial development in Libya – tools for decentralised cooperation”.

After lunch, the participants had the opportunity to reflect on the revision of the European Neighbourhood policy, before debating and adopting the ARLEM action plan and priorities for 2016. ALDA is glad to announce that ARLEM members adopted the joint event on decentralization to be organized in cooperation with ARLEM in Tunisia and foreseen in the second part of 2016.

This plenary session ended with a working session on “Local and Regional authorities and civil society organisations: partners for territorial development in the Mediterranean region” facilitated by Antonella Valmorbida. Mrs Valmorbida seized the opportunity to present the successful work of Local Democracy Agencies and the project of opening a new LDA in Tunisia.

Around 180 participants from both sides of the Mediterranean attended the event. They were ARLEM members, members of the European Committee of the Regions, ministries and members of national parliaments, coming from European Institutions, Union for the Mediterranean and other international institutions, embassies, local and regional authorities, the Nicosia Municipality, etc.